The Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 is marketed as a coupe but it is in fact a four-door sedan with a coupe-like rear end. Mercedes invented this niche with the original CLS and the new 2020 AMG CLA35 reinterprets this design in a compact body style. Fitted with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 302 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, the power is sent to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The 0-60 mph benchmark is completed in 4.6-seconds, class-leading stuff and if you want to go faster you will have to wait for the 400 hp+ CLA 45. For now, though, this will be the range-topper in the CLA stable and for 2020 it is fully redesigned and comes packed with the latest technology on offer from Mercedes.
That means the twin-screen MBUX infotainment system and some impressive options like Interior Assist that responds to hand gestures, and the Energizing Comfort system which combines the climate control, seat massage, scents, and interior lighting to create specific ‘moods.’ Pricing has yet to be released for this model but we can expect it to slot in somewhere below the outgoing $53,100 AMG CLA 45.